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30 Apr Plant-Strong Poetry! Plus a poetry contest!

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At our last Whole Foods Immersion we were thrilled to have Mark Rinaldi join us, and share his success story since the last Whole Foods Immersion back in September. Since his September immersion, Marc reached his ideal weight, losing close to 50 pounds and is now taking 95% less insulin than he was in September!

Mark is a gifted poet, and shared a few poems with us, that we thought all of you E2ers would appreciate.

The Engine 2 Way

Hey Hey!

Yo Yo!

I ate my last ding dong and a cherry ho ho

When I was dropped of at Kalani, Big Hawaii

I signed the waiver form and said “Junk food, bye bye!”

I said “Hey roomie, lets order up a pizza!”

Delivered for the party, a special meet and gretch-ya

But doc said, “hey, wait, what abou the cheese?”

Yer blockin’ up yer endothelial layer with all that fat disease!”

“Reduction of your foam cell bulge and clots up in your head!”

Then Jeff came dancin’ by and told us how to read a label.

Blah blah blah and la de da, the front is just a fable

He said, ration proportion is for calories, salts and fat

So Mr.Johnson can raise the flag, and know where the mother ship is at!

Chew your food, cellulose breakdown, salivary amylase

Pay attention, swallow your food, esophageal sphincter phase

Make a bit of room for the soup de legume

And eat your leafy greens now first

So your past with constipation will not be your proclamation

Of situations that could be much worse.

Thank you master liver for the fats that you deliver

To my system, I’ve got all I need.

Doc said, put that burger down, don’t be a calf food clown

Your choice is based on Pleasure greed

Veggies, fruits and the wholly grains

Chew them all down and avoid those pains

Of sclerotic vessel tissue, surgeries and such

Your family will thank you, They love you very much.

My sponsor told me once, he said, pick a day that’s yours.

To mark sobriety away from all the drugs and coors

So then I met a Rip a climbin’ up a plant-strong pole

And realized that my party had a new sober goal.

April 16th, Hawaiian time became my first new day

Life preserver, grateful, the Engine 2 Way



-Mark Rinaldi


Plant-Strong ABC’s

A is for apple, of course, once a day

B is for broccoli, form this I won’t stray

C is a vitamin bound up in side,

The juice of an orange, a round, natural pride

D is a doughnut I choose not to eat and

E is a vowel inside of a beet

F is a flower, alive as a fruit

G is for growing by earth as a root

H is for hormone of happiness, health

I bides intention, longevity, weath

J, jurisprudence, the picture I see
of eating a product that comes from a tree

K is for knee deep in E2 I am and

L is for petting, not eating a lamb.

M is for masticate, chewing my greens

N, nitric oxide, works deep in the seams.

O is for oil, from nuts I do chose

P is for pam, a spray I don’t use

Q is a quandary where I don’t reside

R means respect for my health and my pride

S is for simple, I heard Rip once say

T is the truth, I felt it that day.

U, is understanding, a message well sent
a carrier pigeon, a gift heaven sent.

V is a vegetable, raw or as stew

W is water for me and for you

X is for xylem, the flow in a tree

Y is the question for all, then comes


Mark Rinaldi – Engine 2 Immersion graduate and success story.

Do you have poetry skills? We want to see your best plant-strong poems. Just leave a comment and write your plant-strong poem (as long or short as you like) we will have a few plant-strong celebrity judges and pick 3 winners who will get a copy of “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue”!


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  • Nikki
    Posted at 10:19h, 30 April

    Here’s one I wrote recently…

    And so, the rest of the story:

    “God,” she explained,
    “Gave us meat to eat.”

    I sigh internal.
    This is not my first
    Divine cow. Pig. Chicken. Sermon.

    She blathers on
    something about the Bible.
    I’ve read it. She hasn’t.

    “Soy milk?” she raises a brow
    as I stir my coffee
    and sip its simple pleasure.

    She’s ocassionally distracted
    by others
    but always comes back to me.

    In the beginning
    I’d counter with
    the word of Jesus – direct.

    Or whatever faith
    the toungue lashing took
    informed my rebuttal.

    But today, I have no interest
    in anything
    but my bagel and jelly

    and listening to Willie Nelson—
    I haven’t heard Always
    On My Mind in a while.

    The pocket
    theologan is now
    a nutritionist.

    It’s been a while
    since I’ve had
    one of her kind.

    When did diet become
    a tennant of
    modern day faith?

    Archaic left overs
    still adorn
    a literal plate.

    I pay


    “Will you
    God’s word?”

    She asks.
    I smile
    and say (leaving):

    “I am

  • Cori
    Posted at 10:32h, 30 April

    Here is my attempt at poetry……

    A Work In Progress

    When I wake up each day
    I hear the voices say
    “The right choice is in the way
    We want a juicy steak, ok?”

    Fighting them off with a carrot stick
    I grab my wits and make Rip’s Big Bowl, QUICK!
    Adding some sweet fruit I try to be slick
    Doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes slip.

    Yes I’m a work in progess
    and I tend to digress.
    But don’t anyone stress
    Cause one day….I will be at my best.

  • Carol Whitaker
    Posted at 10:45h, 30 April

    How about a plant strong haiku?

    I eat plant strong now.
    Inside and out, my life has
    forever been changed

  • LynnM
    Posted at 10:54h, 30 April

    A poem of thanks for a team like you,
    seems to write itself given all that you do.
    Your help, encouragement and caring ways,
    carry us through our plant-strong days.

    Your patience is great, your advice is sound,
    How would we cope if you weren’t around?
    Plus the fruit, veg and grains that you push
    have a positive effect on the size of my tush!

    The results are in and the science is clear,
    so maybe 2012 will be your year,
    to give serious credit to carrots and peas,
    And be bullet-proof to Western disease!

    To the wonderful folks at Engine 2,
    Thanks so much for all that you do!

  • Michele P
    Posted at 11:25h, 30 April

    I once was lost
    But now I’m found

    My body seems
    To Be Less Round

    I Began to Juice
    My Pants Are Loose

    I Eat All The Colors of the Rainbow
    and No Longer Eat from the
    Drive Thru Window

    Vegetables, Fruits, Grains and Beans
    Will Make You Feel A Lot More Lean

    I will be Plant Strong
    My Whole Life Long
    And always Hail
    The Almighy Kale

  • Jennifer Kagy
    Posted at 12:20h, 30 April

    Tomatoes are Red
    Blueberries are Blue
    I eat Veggies
    How about you?

  • Steph Marks
    Posted at 12:43h, 30 April

    This was a fun idea. Thanks for the contest.

    Simply Plant Strong

    Keep it simple, sweetie,
    It doesn’t have to be hard.
    Stir fry some collards,
    Juice up some chard.
    Beans and rice
    A great dinner make.
    With yummy fruits and veggies,
    Who needs steak?

    Want to be healthy
    Have a much better day?
    If that’s your goal,
    Plant strong is the way.

  • rebecca
    Posted at 13:09h, 30 April

    earth’s great bounty–
    of texture,
    and flavor.
    healing broken bodies.
    it is our sustenance,
    our life giving bread.

  • Jamie
    Posted at 13:34h, 30 April

    P plant powered
    L less disease
    A animal free
    N no medications needed
    T the way the body was meant to run

    S such colorful meals
    T to eat this way you need a plan
    R rarely needs a nap
    O open heart surgery is out
    N never give up
    G great is the way you’ll feel!

  • Avital
    Posted at 13:59h, 30 April

    “So, your dinner consists of…
    celery sticks?”
    Turn and smile,
    “I like to add some
    Carrot sticks just for

    “You’re not getting enough
    Turn and smile,
    You’re not getting enough
    A, B, C, D, E, F, G…”

    “I’ll eat
    Times more meat than I
    USUALLY do
    To make up for you.”
    Turn and smile,
    “And you’ll get
    Three times more

    Little do the haters know
    Another Benefit of being
    Is developing a mean

  • Steph
    Posted at 14:02h, 30 April

    My Journey to Plant Strong Health

    It happened one early fall morning
    At the Whole Foods where I work
    I was in for some additional training
    And was told about a movie based on a book

    Forks Over Knives is what it was called
    It was partially based on the Engine 2 Diet
    Right when I got home, for I hadn’t stalled
    I knew that I wanted to try it

    I looked up the day that the movie premiered
    And saw that it wasn’t until spring
    The more that I researched the more that I feared
    A change to my diet this movie would bring

    So I saw the movie in San Diego with Rip
    And learned more than I already knew
    180 degrees my diet would now need to flip
    The list of fruits, veggies, and grains I ate grew

    I had been eating healthy for quite a while
    At least that’s what I had thought
    Fast food and soda were no longer my style
    Only organic, grass fed, and free range I bought

    After seeing the movie I then read the book
    And knew to my old diet I could not go back
    For when I ate animal products on any trip I took
    Feeling good and tons of energy I would then lack

    Now I am almost 100% plant strong
    Except for a little oil, the occasional slip
    I am even bringing my family along
    As I give them more info on every home trip

    So thank you Rip and the Engine 2 team
    For showing the world how healthy they can be
    Now my body works and feels like a dream
    Knowing what I put in it has made me disease free!

  • Terry Bailey
    Posted at 15:48h, 30 April

    Thanks for the inspirational words. I always enjoy reading the blots.

  • Inga Nova
    Posted at 15:56h, 30 April

    Lettuce is green, apples are red
    Eating animal products
    leads to an early death bed

    Bell peppers are short, zucchini is long
    Eating the fruit of the Earth
    Will make you Plant Strong!

  • thomasrx1
    Posted at 15:58h, 30 April

    Here is my plant strong limerick 🙂

    Why do we all want to go plant strong?
    Because Eating meat so wrong!
    We munch and we crunch
    Breakfast, dinner, and lunch
    For this our intestines sing us a song.

    Thanks for the contest. It was a lot of fun!

  • Kara Glenn
    Posted at 16:40h, 30 April

    The Plant-Strong Way

    Why didn’t somebody tell me about this?
    Eating whole grains, vegetables & fruit is bliss!

    No dairy, no meat, nothing animal in me.
    It doesn’t break down right chemically!

    From my Rip Bowl with chocolate chips
    to brown beans & rice,
    Taste was never sacrificed.

    Mangoes, kale, cucumber & corn galore!
    My husband wants to know how much we spend at the store.

    Fresh basil mashed potatoes, a big salad & broccoli,
    Can’t wait to get to the plant-party in my body!

    I only eat plants that right,
    They grow outside in the sunlight!

    I’m proud to say,
    I’m living the plant-strong way.

  • Jenn
    Posted at 17:00h, 30 April

    A haiku:

    Rip tells no lies!
    Bathroom time is amazing.
    Swiss commuter train.

  • Gayle Wohlken
    Posted at 17:04h, 30 April

    Plants are like lanterns
    growing roots beneath the earth
    When I eat them I glow

  • Diane LeBeau
    Posted at 17:48h, 30 April

    Rah, rah, E2.
    We go all the way for you!
    Rain or shine,
    We are there to toe the line!

  • Kimberly Bryan
    Posted at 19:02h, 30 April

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I love to eat KALE
    How about you?

  • Carol Kenny
    Posted at 19:11h, 30 April

    I am not a poet and I know it
    But I love being plant strong!!

  • Stu Berkowitz
    Posted at 20:09h, 30 April

    Dairy can kill you
    Casein triggers cancer genes
    Plant strong for good health!

    – Haiku by Stu

  • Holly
    Posted at 20:11h, 30 April

    E2 Hiaku 🙂

    40 pounds lighter
    than I was Thanksgiving Day.
    You have changed my life!!!!

  • Maria Theresa Maggi
    Posted at 21:32h, 30 April

    Old Fashioned Oats

    Rolled in your trim sedate suit steamed gray
    (uncooked I’d call you sandy, even tweed),
    you grace my plain clear bowl with elegance.
    Classic, never going out of style,
    you deftly accommodate the passing blush
    of peaches, the deep night sheen of berries.
    Banana buttons are always at home
    on your tasteful lapel. Understated,
    you hold breakfast together. Even flax
    knows you welcome its brash buttered accents.
    With sophisticated ease, almond milk
    presses a pale cheek to yours, like pearls on silk.
    You make us all look like a million bucks.

    by Maria Theresa Maggi

    • Maria Theresa Maggi
      Posted at 00:08h, 01 May

      a first line revision 🙂 Thanks. This was fun 🙂

      Old Fashioned Oats

      Rolled tight in your trim, sedate steamed gray suit
      (uncooked I’d call you sandy, even tweed),
      you grace my plain clear bowl with elegance.
      Classic, never going out of style,
      you deftly accommodate the passing blush
      of peaches, the deep night sheen of berries.
      Banana buttons are always at home
      on your tasteful lapel. Understated,
      you hold breakfast together. Even flax
      knows you welcome its brash buttered accents.
      With sophisticated ease, almond milk
      presses a pale cheek to yours, like pearls on silk.
      You make us all look like a million bucks

  • Cathy
    Posted at 02:36h, 01 May

    Engine 2 is the way to go!
    My blood pressure and cholesterol are low.
    I lost 40 pounds eating all I can.
    Now my challenge is to find a plant strong man!

  • Gail Johnson
    Posted at 11:32h, 01 May

    My Doctor is Right!

    My trip to my doctor I tried to disguise,
    But my blood test became my demise.

    Review of my last year’s complaints
    Could be the start of this year’s restraints.

    She said watch this DVD and you’ll change your moods
    And now I’m headed to Whole Foods.

    There’s so much help on the Beet
    As I age into my 90s I’ll still be on my Feet!

  • Joyness Sparkles
    Posted at 23:29h, 01 May

    This is from my son, age 10:


    B is Bread, not Buffalo head.
    R is for Radish, not for sadness.
    E is for eggplant, not emu or egg.
    A is for Apple, not Arthritis.
    D is for Date, not an animals fate.

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